Edited By Kim Christiaens, Idesbald Goddeeris and Magaly Rodríguez García
Finland: Popularizing Chile
The military coup in Chile in September 1973 sparked popular protest in Finland, which led to an unforeseen and internationally acknowledged solidarity movement. After the crushing of Allende, the left-wing parties emphatically began to demonstrate their support for the democratic forces in Chile. The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran church also spoke out against the coup, and several political youth and student organizations condemned the repression that was taking place in Pinochet’s Chile.1 The sympathy for the people of Chile manifested itself especially in the high membership number and the active campaigning of the Finland-Chile Society, which had been founded as early as August 1973 but whose activities expanded dramatically in size and gained momentum after the events of September 1973.
This article aims to analyze the reasons why the plight of the Andean country provoked such a groundswell of protest in Finland in the 1970s, and why the solidarity campaigns turned into a popular movement that strove for change in Chile, as well as at home, and managed to rivet the attention of broader audiences. Firstly, this contribution will sketch the political atmosphere and the globalization of Finnish society in the 1970s. Secondly, it turns attention to the most visible agent of the campaigns in Finland, the Finland-Chile Society, before examining the ideological background and political conflicts of the solidarity movement. The final section focuses on national and international strategies and connections that were at work in the mobilization at the level of...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.